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October 17, 2018
The Dreamweaver XE + HSTs = a fun and functional gift from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to embellish a store bought tea towel with some beautiful jewel-toned half square triangle units (HSTs).

Today the fun continues as I use a few more of these HSTs to make a fast and easy matching potholder.

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

The first thing to do is to figure out how many HSTs we need to make the potholder the correct size – somewhere between 8″ and 9″ square. Since my HSTs are about 3″ square, I’ve decided to use 9 to get the right size. If your HSTs are ...

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October 16, 2018
3 simple steps to embellish a tea towel with HSTs from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you 4 different blocks that could be made using HST units. Today I’m using the Dreamweaver XE to embellish a tea towel with HSTs! Here goes!

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

Since I never like to throw anything away, I seem to always have an assortment of different HST units on hand that have been made from the leftovers of either flying geese blocks or snowball blocks.

 

HST units
HST units

 

I’m happy to share how I’ll use the half-square triangle units (HSTs) that were made when I sewed the flying geese units for The ...

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October 15, 2018
4 creative quilt blocks using HSTs from Quilt Social

 

Last month on QUILTsocial, we used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to machine quilt our nine-patch and snowball block baby quilt using a few of the machine’s decorative stitches. This month, as promised, I’m showing you a few ways to use up the half square triangle (HST) units that were made from the leftovers of the snowball blocks.

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

In one of my August posts, I showed you how to get HSTs from snowball blocks using the guideline marker (laser pointer) on the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

Here are a few different blocks that can be made ...

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September 21, 2018
10 simple steps for binding with perfect corners from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished up machine quilting a modern baby quilt using a decorative kite stitch on the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. Today I’m trimming the quilt and I’ll show you 10 simple steps for binding with perfect corners.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

The first thing I do is trim the edges of the baby quilt using a rotary cutter and ruler.

 

Trimming
Trimming

 

It’s always a good idea to label quilts, but I have to admit, it’s my least favorite part of quilting!! This is the solution I’ve come up with.

I ordered embroidered ribbon ...

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September 20, 2018
Decorative stitches plus laser pointer = beautiful machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the dual feed foot on the Dreamweaver XE to do in-the-ditch and serpentine machine quilting on our modern baby quilt. Today I’m using another decorative stitch to do more machine quilting.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

I still have the dual feed foot attached to the machine and the grayed out stitches on the screen show that all of the stitches in this section can’t be used with this presser foot. Since I want to use the cute little kite stitch – 6-078 – I will have to attach a different presser foot.

 

Greyed out stitches
Greyed out stitches

 

Once ...

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September 18, 2018
Infinite possibilities for quilting with decorative stitches, Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we used the Brother Dreamweaver XE  to stitch out some sample utility stitches on a quilt sandwich. I picked one of these stitches to use for quilting my baby quilt, but I’d like to use a more complex design as well. So today I’m checking out the character decorative stitches available on the machine.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

After selecting “Sewing” on the main screen, I press the Character Decorative Stitch key on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE to access the many decorative stitches available.

 

The Character Decorative Stitch key
The Character Decorative Stitch key

 

There are 7 different ...

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September 17, 2018
Exploring utility stitches on the Brother Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Last month on QUILTsocial I showed you how to turn a charm square pack into nine patch blocks and snowball blocks. This week, I’m using the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to finish these blocks into a modern baby quilt.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

I was able to make a total of 42 blocks from my charm pack – 21 nine-patch and 21 snowball. I arranged them on my design wall, alternating the two blocks and sewed them together.

 

The quilt top
The quilt top

 

Now we need to quilt it! I’m exploring some of the different stitches that are available on the ...

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September 12, 2018
The Best Tools: Brother 10-Needle from Becca's Crazy Projects

A fellow member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild wanted to sell her Brother 10-Needle embroidery machine. I've wanted a multi-needle embroidery machine since I started using my Pfaff Creative Performance more often. A single needle machine is fine if you do designs with few colors, but if you want to make more than one of a thing, or designs with several colors, changing threads can be a full-time job. There are tricks you can use when creating, or combining designs, but you still have to change the thread for every color change. This was a deal I couldn ...

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September 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Healthy Choices Red-Violet Bear from Clever Chameleon

Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices appliqué by Clever Chameleon

Today we truly have a Berry Colourful Bear to add to our Beary Colourful family. Please welcome the Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices!

Red-Violet Bear is so bursting full of health and vitality you could probably catch a wellness from this guy! He chooses good healthy food full of vitamins and antioxidants. He chooses clean air, drinks lots of water, exercises regularly. And he knows that treats are only “sometimes foods”. If there is a healthy choice to be made, Red-Violet Ted is all over it like a rash. He is of course too perfect to be true, and can ...

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August 24, 2018
How to piece a perfect nine-patch block from a 5″ charm square from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you the steps to correctly change the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. Now that the ¼” foot with guide is attached, I’m ready to start piecing the nine patch blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

As I did on Tuesday, I’ll cut the 5″ charm squares into four 2½” squares. Each of the nine patch blocks will use four 2½” squares cut from the same charm square and five 2½” squares cut from our background fabric.

 

5" charm square cut into quarters
5″ charm square cut into quarters

 

I cut my background squares from some leftover fabric from ...

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August 23, 2018
6 easy steps to correctly change the presser foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we used the awesome guideline marker (laser pointer) feature on the Dreamweaver XE to make no-waste snowball blocks from 5″ charm squares. Today I’m sharing how to correctly change the presser foot on this machine so that tomorrow we can piece our nine patch blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Step 1

The first thing to do is to press the “needle position” button to raise the needle.

 

The "needle position" button
The “needle position” button

 

Step 2

Press the presser foot/needle exchange key. This key locks all other keys and buttons on the machine and prevents injury to you or the machine ...

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August 22, 2018
Getting HSTs out of a snowball block in one simple step from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the guideline marker (aka laser pointer) on the Dreamweaver XE to sew the corners onto our snowball blocks. Today I’ll use this same feature to reduce the waste that usually comes with this method of making snowball blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Moving the laser

The first thing I do is move the laser. The position of the laser pointer on the Dreamweaver XE can be adjusted by pressing the “-” and “+” buttons to the right of the guideline marker key. I’m moving it as far to the left as possible, pressing the “-” button until ...

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August 21, 2018
How to make a snowball block from a 5″ charm square from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I talked about the different precuts that are available to quilters and a little bit about how to use each of them. Today I’m using the Dreamweaver XE to sew some of my 5″ charm squares into snowball blocks.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

The first thing to do when working with precuts is to measure them to see how accurately they are cut. If you’re only sewing the precuts to each other then this step doesn’t matter that much, but when sewing them to other fabrics that you cut yourself, then you need to make ...

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August 20, 2018
Taking the mystery out of precuts from Quilt Social

 

This week on QUILTsocial, I’m using the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to make some really cute blocks using charm squares.

If you’re fairly new to the quilting world, you may wonder what a charm square is – well, it’s one of the many quilting fabric precuts that you can buy.

Precuts are just like they sound…fabric that has been “precut” into shapes ready for you to sew. They are cut from an entire line of fabric so that all of the fabrics coordinate with each other, but the different fabric companies call their precuts different names which ...

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July 23, 2018
Secondary Pattern Quilt Challenge – Progress Report from Clever Chameleon

appliquéd snowflake

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! I’m soooooo excited!!

It really feels like Christmas in my sewing room today! I think I just gave myself the best present ever. ….. 

Did you ever have that feeling of intensely looking forward to Christmas because you knew you were getting that present that you’ve always wanted? But then there was also a little bit of trepidation that that “ultimate” present wouldn’t live up to your expectations? And then Christmas finally arrives and the present is even better than you’d hoped for, and the elation is enormous? You can tell ...

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July 13, 2018
3 ways to use a laser guide for piecing from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we looked at the sewing machine help screen on the Dreamweaver XE. It has a wealth of information about operating the machine as well as helpful hints for all types of sewing and embroidery functions.

Today I’m using one of the great features that I talked about on Wednesday – the guideline marker (laser pointer) that is a standard feature on both the Dreamweaver XE and THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother.

Here’s a video I found on the Brother Canada Youtube channel that shows how to use the guideline marker to make half-square triangles, flying ...

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July 12, 2018
Help is always close at hand with the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we discovered some of the amazing features of the Dreamweaver XE and other Brother sewing machines. Today I’ll review where to turn to if you find yourself needing some guidance while stitching.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

The operation manual

Now I know that operation manuals aren’t the most exciting things to read, but I really need to say that the manuals that come with the Brother sewing machines are excellent! I read through THE Dream Machine 2 manual so many times over the last 6 months that it was pretty ratty looking when I returned the ...

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July 11, 2018
6 awesome features to love on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you five ways the Dreamweaver XE can be customized for the way YOU sew. To be honest, there are at least 30 other ways that the machine can be customized just in the settings screens alone, but I think maybe we should actually sew with it before we adjust anything else!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Today I’m sharing some of the features of this machine that really stand out for me. As you know I was so impressed with the NQ900 that I blogged about last year that I bought it instead of returning it ...

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July 10, 2018
5 basic ways to customize your sewing experience on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I unpacked and set up the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. I’ll be using this machine for the next few months, so I’m doing a little customizing to make it my own!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Changing the language

When I first plugged in the machine, I realized that the person who had it before me had been using it in French. Now, I can read and speak a little French, but not well enough to manage using a computerized sewing and embroidery machine. So first things first, let’s get it speaking my language!

 

The Home Page screen
The Home ...

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July 9, 2018
Unboxing the Dreamweaver XE from Brother from Quilt Social

 

A few weeks ago, THE Dream Machine 2 left my house and the next day I received a text from my teenage son saying that I’d “gotten a small package”. Since I was expecting the Dreamweaver XE to arrive at any time, I knew that he was teasing me! Although this box was definitely NOT as big as the box THE Dream Machine had arrived in, it was still no “small package”.

 

The Dreamweaver XE arrives
The Dreamweaver XE arrives

 

All of my studio renovations were complete (we’d pulled out all of the old carpet in the room, installed laminate flooring and ...

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